World corn production in 2012 was close to 820 million tons, of which more than 300 million for the United States alone.
According to the European Bioplastics (2011 report), world bioplastics production capacity would average 1 million tons mobilizing about 5 million tons of corn or 0.6% of the resources. 500,000 ha out of an Useful Agricultural Area (UAA) of 1.4 billion ha are used for bioplastics, which represents only 0.03% of cultivated areas.
In Europe, not more than 75 000 ha should be mobilized to match the amount of bioplastics marketed in this area (between 100 and 150 000 tons) which is equivalent to less than 0.05% of the European UAA (EU = 27 countries).
Finally, all players in the bioplastics market focus their R&D efforts on finding alternative raw materials such as food waste, cellulosic materials…
Source: European Bioplastics, May 2011